COVID-19 Safety Guidelines on Our Tours
To all our valued guests:
For your safety and the safety of our crew, these are some of the measures we have implemented on our vessel. We expect our guests to respect and abide by the guidelines we’ve put in place with safety in mind. Kindly keep in mind there are inherent risks and a social responsibility guests assume by choosing to join us for a charter. We’ll be running a limited schedule until the demand for charters increases. We thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation!
- Guests will be required to show us evidence of their negative COVID-19 test results. The test must be taken no earlier than 72-hours prior to the flight arrival in Hawai‘i. This begins on October 15th. hawaiicovid19.com/travel/#travel-FAQs
- Hawaii residents will be required to show us their Hawaii ID to show proof of residency.
- We’ve increased the frequency of disinfecting surfaces and high traffic areas between each dive, and hand sanitizer will be available to all of our guests.
- Employees receive daily wellness checks, including temperature checks, to ensure they are healthy and symptom-free. If you or anyone in your group is experiencing symptoms, we will work directly with you to cancel or reschedule your charter.
- Guests will have their temperature checked prior to boarding.
- The Crew and guests are required to wear face coverings when above water. We highly recommend buffs or neck gaiters because they can be pulled down around your neck as you are putting your regulator in your mouth and used when wet.
- The Crew will sanitize their hands frequently
- Guests will be required to sanitize hands prior to boarding and before & after snacking.
- Guests will stay at a safe 6-foot distance when possible while waiting to board, boarding the vessel, on deck, entering the water, exiting the water, and departing the vessel.
- After each trip, the vessels are cleaned and sanitized
- Rental regulators and BCD inflators are disinfected with a CDC recommended and EPA-N list approved solution for Covid-19. We encourage guests to bring their own scuba equipment.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness and should stay at home. For more info, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
Additionally, All employees have been given guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which include; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. For more info, please visit https://covid19info.ocgov.com/.
How does Covid-19 change the guest experience?
- Capacity is currently limited to 12 guests on our 46ft Newton Dive Special.
- This provides plenty of area for social distancing.
- The Honu Lele will remain a 6 passenger vessel.
- For the time being, we will only be taking certified divers and our diver to dive guide ratio will be 8:1 on the Honu One and 6:1 on the Honu Lele
- Free Nitrox is still available.
- Upon request, we will continue to offer valet style service in setting up our guest’s personal scuba equipment at you. The crew will sanitize their hands in between each diver. We advise divers to set up their own kit.
- Rental regulators and BCD inflators are disinfected with a CDC recommended and EPA-N list approved solution for Covid-19. We encourage guests that have not yet purchased their own equipment to take the plunge and use Covid19 as your excuse to complete your dive kit! Click here to find more reasons to complete your dive kit!
- Guests will have their own personal mask rinse bucket on the Honu One. Do not use spit as a defog. If you wish to do so wait until you are in the ocean. We will spray your mask with defog and you will use your individual rinse bucket.
- The Honu Lele will use the hose to rinse masks.
- The communal gear rinse bucket has been removed from the vessel.
- We are no longer able to store personal equipment. A complimentary tote will be provided for the transport of your equipment to and from the boat when you are diving with us for multiple days.
- Rental masks and snorkels are not available. Divers must use their own mask and snorkel.
- Waivers MUST be signed prior to arriving at the boat. Guests will use their personal devices to complete waivers. You must be able to present your dive card prior to boarding the vessel – physical or ecard.
- Guests need to bring their own REUSABLE and full water bottle to limit your risk of using the communal water refill station on board. Crew will re-fill your bottles.
- When completing your pre-dive safety check do not put the octopus in your mouth to test. Push to purge with two fingers covering the mouthpiece.
- Keep your regulator in and mask on until you are back at your designated station.
What about visiting the shop?
- CDC recommended face masks are required to be worn while in the dive shop or waiting to enter
- Do not enter if you feel ill, have a cough, or fever
- At this time we are only permitting a maximum of 4 guests in the dive shop. Kindly take a peek inside & do a count. If you see other guests take a seat outside or wait in your car. If you have more than 4 people in your party kindly have them remain outside.
- Maintain 6ft of social distancing while inside – no hugs or physical greetings – shaka’s only
- Our changing room is closed and trying on clothes or equipment is limited
- Masks may be limited for try on’s due to disinfection processes per CDC guidelines
- We are not accepting returns
- Restrooms are unavailable
Is Hawaii open for tourism?
Currently, there is a 14-day mandatory quarantine for all arriving passengers until October 14th.
Beginning Oct. 15, 2020, all trans-Pacific travelers arriving in Hawaii from out-of-state will have the option to get a valid COVID-19 test prior to their arrival, and show proof of a negative test result, to avoid the 14-day quarantine.
All travelers must either pre-test or go into 14-day quarantine upon arrival to the state
• All travelers are required to have temperature checked and complete a health & travel questionnaire
• As an alternative to quarantine a traveler must produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test no earlier than 72-hours prior to their flight arrival in Hawai‘i
• The interisland quarantine for anyone arriving on any island other than O‘ahu continues through Sept. 30, unless terminated or extended by a separate emergency proclamation
• FDA-approved NAAT tests, processed by a CLIA-certified laboratory are the only types of coronavirus tests currently approved
• Currently approved trusted testing partners are CVS and Kaiser Permanente
The State has produced an extensive list of questions and answers associated with the Safe Travels Pre-Testing Program. See the FAQs at: hawaiicovid19.com/travel/#travel-FAQs
- Everyone must wear facial masks in all Hawaii airports and when entering places of business.